Abby’s 21st Birthday Baileys Chocolate Cake!

recipe adapted from:

I baked this cake for Abby’s 21st birthday party in 2020! It was also the first cake I have ever baked! It took me 4-5 hours only because I am a complete novice. It is full of Bailey since it is Abby’s favourite alcohol in food 🙂

serves 12



Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup very hot water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Baileys Irish Liqueur
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 punnets of strawberries
  • ferrero rocher

Baileys cream filling

  • 100 grams powdered sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 Tbsp cup Baileys

Nutella filling

  • 1 jar of nutella (400g)

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • unsalted butter, room temperature (290 grams)
  •  powdered sugar (512 grams)
  • melted dark chocolate chips, melted and cooled (150 grams)
  • unsweetened baking cocoa (66 grams)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (3 grams)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (80 grams)
  • 4 Tbsp Baileys Liqueur
  • 1 tsp vanilla (4 grams)


Chocolate Cake Layers

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line and grease three,20cm pans
  2. Combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder) in a large bowl. Whisk together until combined.
  3. Pour in the buttermilk, Baileys, oil, vanilla and hot water into the dry ingredients. Mix by hand until fully incorporated.
  4. Stir in the eggs.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans, and bake for about 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, and let the cakes sit for about 5 minutes. Gently run an offset spatula around the rim of the cake pans to loosen them.
  7. Place the cake pans in the freezer to speed up the cooling process, and to trap in additional moisture.
  8. Chill your cake layers in the freezer for about 20 minutes before assembling the cake, to make it easier to stack and frost.

Baileys cream filling

  1. Combine cream, baileys and sugar – beat with hand mixer until thickened
  2. refrigerate prior to applying on cake

Baileys Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  1. Beat the butter on a medium speed for 30 seconds with a paddle attachment, until smooth.
  2. Add in the sifted cocoa, and mix on low until the cocoa is fully incorporated, and no clumps remain.
  3. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Alternate with small splashes of cream and Baileys.
  4. Mix in the cooled, melted chocolate chips.
  5. Once fully mixed, add in the vanilla extract and salt.
  6. Beat on low until the ingredients are fully incorporated, and the desired consistency is reached.

Assembling This Baileys Chocolate Cake:

  1. slice the domes off 2 our of the three cake layers
  2. place the first layer on a wooden board, then layer the nutella evenly
  3. place the second layer and apply the cooled Baileys cream
  4. Place the final layer and ready the cake on a turntable for frosting
  5. form the frosting on the top and bottom and place in the fridge
  6. once cooled, decorate as desired with sliced strawberries and or ferrero rocher

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